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Episode 06: Competing Visions for a New Era of Globalization

The U.S. economic relationship with Europe is the most intense and largest economic relationship on the planet.  Bigger than U.S.-China trade, or any other for that matter. Earlier this week, …

Dazed and Confused: Germany’s Inner Struggle to Mature

This year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) once again illustrated the stark contrast in world views on matters of international security and defense. While it was to be expected that Western …

Does Germany Need a Plan B?

Thomas Bagger is one of the most thoughtful diplomats of his generation.  Currently the Director of Foreign Policy in the Office of the Federal President, he has previously served as …

Jeff Rathke on Voice of America’s “Encounter”

Jeff Rathke, AICGS President, and Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, join host Carol Castiel on VOA’s “Encounter” program to …

The Euro’s 20th Birthday: A Historical Perspective

The “euro” as a currency celebrated its 20th birthday on January 1, 2019. Like a typical millennial, the euro is the topic of many news stories, analyzing its dominance of …

A New Approach to Europe?

Jeff Rathke Speaks at Helsinki Commission Briefing November 1, 2018 European countries and institutions like NATO and the European Union are our partners of first resort. And it is clear …

EU Elections: The Center Cannot Hold, but Do We Want It To?

Populism has truly become a transatlantic phenomenon, transcending national borders and disrupting democracies throughout the Western world: from Brexit in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the …

The Robustness of Franco-German Relations in an Unstable Europe

The European Union faces an existential crisis of dramatic proportions, occasioned by Brexit; nationalism and populism in several member states; internal sclerosis; and challenges from a chaotic international system created …

Keep Calm and Fill In the Gaps

A thoughtful response and an ambitious European agenda are Germany’s best options for the Trump era The world, America, and transatlantic relations have survived the first year of the Trump …

Populist Wild Fires are Spreading – Why Now?

Why now? Why are far-right populist wild fires continuing to spread in the U.S. and Europe—and elsewhere around the globe? The latest versions in Europe are a landslide victory of Viktor …

The Populist Brake on European Integration

It’s now clear that the high-water mark of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship was August 31, 2015—the day she opened Germany’s borders to a wave of asylum seekers. In October, German voters …

Saving the Transatlantic Partnership: Why and How?

Since the end of World War II, the partnership between the U.S. and European countries, built on common security/economic interests and shared values, such as democracy, liberty, rule of law, …

Communication Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union: Opening Session Keynote Speech

In his remarks to the 8th European Public Communication Conference earlier this month, Anthony Gardner, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2014 to 2017, highlighted the importance for …

From farewell to a new Eastern policy and towards a new development

Poland and Germany were both initiators and drivers of a New Eastern policy linked to the Eastern neighborhood and Russia/Soviet Union. After WW II, Jerzy Giedroyc — a Polish writer, …

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